Author Archive | Ali Solino

I’m Sorry. I Just Can’t Be a Room Mom.

I’m sorry, but I just can’t be a room mom. It began in August. Within the first three weeks of school, I had already been solicited for multiple volunteer opportunities. School fair tent volunteering, teacher appreciation luncheon sign-ups, PTA board positions and, yes, room mom interest surveys. As someone who has been an overachiever her […]

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Why I’m Thankful for Thanksgiving

We all know of the eternal Holiday power struggle between Christmas and Halloween. November is a sort of no man’s land where Christmas enthusiasts are chomping at the bit to put out their decorations, and Halloween fans are lamenting the end of another season. But me? I’m eagerly anticipating my favorite holiday – Thanksgiving. It’s […]

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In Nursing School, B is for Balance

A Prudent Student I’m finally done my first clinical semester of nursing school. Anyone who knew me during high school or college knows that I am high strung when it comes to doing well in school. Even when I was working on my prerequisite classes at night while I was still working a full time […]

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I Brought Store-Bought Dip to a Potluck and I’m Not Sorry

Pressing my Potluck I brought store-bought spinach dip to my company Thanksgiving potluck. I’m not sorry about it. I know what you’re thinking: “So what? People bring store-bought items to potlucks regularly. This isn’t a big deal.” Yes, that’s true. But I committed to bringing creamed spinach. It’s a good recipe – the best kind, […]

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5 Reasons to make NOLA Oktoberfest a Fall Family Tradition

Oktoberfest at the Deutsches Haus is a New Orleans Institution. The Deutsches Haus, an organization formed in New Orleans in 1928 to assist German immigrants in assimilating to life in New Orleans, has been hosting Oktoberfest in New Orleans for generations. My austere, German Coast-born grandfather used to do the Chicken Dance there with my […]

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